LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Hebbronville Station rescue one individual in distress and discovered a deceased person west of Hebbronville, Texas.
The incident occurred on the evening of June 7, when Border Patrol agents apprehended seven individuals near Texas State Highway 359 who were in the United States illegally. During questioning, the group reported that multiple people had been left behind in the brush, several hours before their apprehension. Agents, along with the assistance of CBP Air & Marine, began an extensive search of the area for the individuals left behind.
After approximately an hour, the agents located two individuals in the brush. One was unresponsive, while the other was trembling severely. A certified Border Patrol agent / Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) responded to the location. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was also dispatched to the scene. The EMT agent began treatment on both individuals. EMS arrived on scene and transported the conscious person in distress to a local Laredo hospital where he was treated for severe dehydration. He was determined to be a 40 year old citizen from Mexico illegally in the United States. He remains in U.S. Border Patrol custody pending his medical release.
Jim Hogg County Justice of the Peace arrived on scene and pronounced the unresponsive individual as deceased. He was identified as a 29 year old Honduran citizen.
The United States Border Patrol Laredo Sector would like to remind people of the risks posed by illegal entry, especially as temperatures continue to rise.
To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994.